Memorial services for James C. Taylor were conducted Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. from the First Presbyterian Church of Elk City with Rev. Greg Amen officiating. Interment followed in the Fairlawn Cemetery of Elk City under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home.
James Caveness Taylor was born October 20, 1929 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to John Irven and Maude Joy (Wallace) Taylor and passed away Friday, September 16, 2011 at the age of 81 due to a ranching accident. In August of 1933, he moved with his parents and his brother John Joseph Taylor to a ranch south of Mountain View, OK in the Wichita Mountains where he was raised. He completed high school at Cooperton and then received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal husbandry at Oklahoma A&M College graduating in 1951q. Jim was then called to active duty in the US Army serving with the Third Infantry Division in Korea and was honorably dcischarged as a First Lt. He was married to Earlene Johnson on June 5, 1952 and from this union 4 children were born, Jimmy, Katherine, Jane and John. After his military service, they moved to a ranch nortrh of Berlin, Oklahoma, where they raised commercial and registered cattle which has been a vocation and an avocation. After the Berlin School closed, the family moved to Elk City where they have lived since. Jim was active in Farm Bureau, cattle organizations, the Presbyterian Church, civic organizations and has been inducted into the Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He has also been active in all brances of Masonry and has served as Department Commander of the Grand Encampment of Knights Temple as well as offices in other national Masonic organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, his brother and 4 granddaughters.
Survivors inclue his wife: Earlene Taylor of the Elk City home, 3 children, Jimmy Taylor and his wife Tracy of Elk City, Jane Taylor of Oklahoma City, John Taylor and his wife Guille of Laden Ranch, CA, 7 grandchildren, Joel Taylor of Norman, OK, Matt Meyer and his wife Katherine of Mustang, OK, Jillian Taylor of Oklahoma City, Jason Taylor and his wife Emily of Yukon, OK, Laura Tucker and her husband Dustin of Tinker AFB, Midwest City, OK, Gil Castro of Rosemead, CA, Armjando Castro of Rosemead, CA, and 5 great grandchildren, Christopher, Ella, Abby, Liam and Olivia.
The Family requests memorials in Jim’s nam,e can be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Elk City or the Knights Templar ERye foundation.
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